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South Korea: Gyeongbokgung

Continuing from the previous post of South Korea sites, this time in Seoul. Gyeongbokgung or Gyeongbok Palace is the largest of the Five Grand Palaces during the Joseon Dynasty. The present palace is actually a reconstruction of the original. The original palace was destroyed during the World War II, then left to ruins for more than 270 years.

Gwanghwamun - Main Gate
Gwanghwamun – Main Gate

If you’re a kdrama fan, I bet you’re quite familiar of this palace, since this has been a set for several dramas.
Main Palace building
Main Palace building

The Palace is a huge compound composed of clustered structures. It would be impossible to tour the whole palace grounds in just half a day. We recommend going along with the free “quick tours” available from the palace’s visitor center. Who doesn’t like free?) It would be a lot easier and interesting because you can roam the compound with having someone telling you the history of the place. The schedules for English and other languages tours are also posted at the visitor center.

How to get there:
Line 3 – Gyeongbokgung Station -> exit 5
Line 5 – Gwanghwamun Station -> Exit 2.

Directions to Gyeongbokgung
Directions to Gyeongbokgung

Operating Hours:
March-October: 09:00-18:00
November-February: 09:00-17:00
* Last admission: 1 hr before closing.
* Operating hours are subject to change depending on circumstances.
* Close during Tuesdays.

Interpretation Services Offered:
Tours depart in front of the Information Center at Heungnyemun Gate (흥례문).
Duration: 1hr – 1hr, 30min
Tour Schedule:
English: 11:00, 13:30, 15:30
Japanese: 10:00, 12:30, 14:30
Chinese: 10:30, 13:00, 15:00

For more info, please go to Visit Korea: Gyeongbokgung Palace (경복궁).


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